Amy Moxon: This Week I'm Reading...
We're loving your feedback from this series so far, and are delighted to share a brand new interview with Amy Moxon. We hope her words inspire and encourage you to make the Bible central to your everyday routines! Lx
1. What Bible passage(s) are you currently reading/have read recently and found really encouraging?
A bible passage I have been reading and thinking about lately is Hebrews 12, particularly the first part of verse 2: "...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith..."
2. What's been the one, key take-away message so far and how is it changing your day to day life and relationship with God?
So often I find my eyes have strayed from Jesus. I look to other things to fulfil my purpose and desire. And of course, these things don't fulfil me. They hurt me. My mind becomes filled with thoughts that I know aren't from Jesus, thoughts like 'I'm not capable', 'I'm not good enough', 'I'm invisible'.
To counteract these thoughts, I love to pray 'I fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith'. The Bible says that the word of God is 'sharper than a double-edged sword' (Hebrews 4:12)), so I use these words to combat the words that the World and the Enemy want me to hear, focusing my eyes and my heart once again on Jesus.
This verse draws me back to what truly fulfils me, and more importantly: to Who fulfils me.
3. When, where and how do you read the Bible?
As a mother of a little baby, I find reading the Bible a difficult habit to incorporate in to my daily life (although actually I've always found this long before Sophie came along!). Sometimes I seem to manage to read and even study(!) the Bible daily, and then I can go weeks without even opening my bible. Thankfully, God doesn't demand that we wake at 6am each day to read our bibles for at least half an hour.
Yet, when I do neglect to read my Bible, I notice it. I notice it in thoughts that aren't from God creeping in to my mind. I notice it in the negative emotions I feel. I notice it in my over-reactions to the tiniest things.
4. What helps you keep a good routine for reading the Bible, and what helps those habits stick?
I believe that as we read the Bible, we ground ourselves in God's truth. And when we neglect to do this, we allow the world and the enemy to have a say, displacing God's truth in our thoughts. As we come back to God's word following an absence, we realign ourselves with who God says we are, with the truth of God's word.
One of the ways that I have found to help me remain grounded in God's truth is to write out short verses or snippets of verses, and place them around my flat, in the places that I look often (my bedroom mirror, the front of my fridge, on light switches). I end up reading these words multiple times a week, even a day, so that even on days when I don't manage to sit down and open my bible, I am still surrounded by God's truth.
5. What piece of advice would you give to girls who want to start reading the bible for themselves, or get back into it?
My advice for those wanting to start reading the bible, or wanting to get back in to it: find scripture that counteracts these lies. God's word is 'Alive and active, sharper than a double-edged sword.' (Hebrews 4:12). Use it as it was intended and see it come to life and have meaning for your life.
My name is Amy. I live in South West London with my husband and our 1 year old daughter. I spend my days singing nursery rhymes for a group of toddlers at our weekly playgroup, helping to lead a bible study for mums of little ones and chasing my little girl at the park!